Classical 91.5


Hochstein School of Music and Dance

Alexander Borodin: Two movements, Petite Suite

Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who received training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Since its debut, the HAO has played summer concerts in Canandaigua and Perinton, adding an annual winter concert in the Hochstein Performance hall in 2011. When not on stage with a baton, you can find Mr. Meccarello hosting Soundspace Tuesday afternoons on WAYO, 104.3 FM.

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in g-minor, op. 25

Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Juliana Athayde, violin
Philip Ying, viola
David Ying, piano

When newly-crowned Van Cliburn Gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu took the stage with your Rochester Philhamonic Orchestra for the first time in 1999, it was love at first sight for pianist, orchestra, and audience alike. Since that snowy day in January, Nakamatsu has returned many times for both orchestra and chamber performances, as well as an appearance on Backstage Pass.

Songs from Magic, Spells and Mystery

Madrigalia and director Cary Ratcliff are no strangers to Classical 91.5 listeners. They've appeared on Backstage Pass, and their "Cup of Good Cheer" on Live from Hochstein has been a tradition for years. Indeed, Madrigalia has been serenading Rochester for over four decades, with no signs of slowing down. 

McGrath: Michael Rutledge/Griffey:

Benjamin Britten: Folk Songs, Volume 6

Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

Lynn McGrath, guitar

This is one of our highlights from the First Muse concert, "British Buddies," on November 19, 2017, in the First Unitarian Church.  Anthony Dean Griffey was the inspiration for this concert: First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson wanted to collaborate with Griffey, and designed this all-English program around his warm tenor voice. Also included in the evening were works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and John Dowland. Stayed tuned to Performance Rochester--more from this concert will be featured later in the month!

The following is the list of performances from Classical 91.5's 2017 celebration of the arts in Rochester.

Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies

Beethoven:  Quintet for Piano and winds in E-flat major, Op. 16

 Malcom Bilson, fortepiano

Cambini Winds:
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet
Todd Williams, horn
Marc Vallon, bassoon

Publick Music

Isabella Leonarda:  Sonata duodecima a violin solo

Boel Gidholm, violin
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Naomi Gregory, Italian Baroque organ

Sponsored by Publick Musick, this concert recording was part of the Third Thursday Concert's with Eastman's Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery.  The performance was on January 19th, 2017 as part of a larger program titled "O Anima Mea."

Select songs from the March 2016 Anniversary Concerts

It was August 2, 1975, and 14 singers sat down in a living room to sing madrigals. Forty years, countless concerts, and over 850 pieces of music later, Madrigalia is a cornerstone of Rochester choral music.

Ivan Trevino:  2+1

Christopher Jones and Drew Worden, percussion

From a concert at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, on October 9, 2016
First Muse: re:Percussion with Brass - Mix a roomful of skins, sticks, blocs and gongs with an ample supply of colorful brass - and you end up with a colorful evening of chamber music that brings the often forgotten percussionists to center stage!

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro

Cellist Julian Schwarz grew up in a musical home rubbing elbows with musical greats including Rochester's David Diamond, and of course, his father -- conductor Gerard Schwarz.

Pianist Marika Bournaki joins Julian in a program recorded live from the studios of WXXI Classical 91.5 during a Backstage Pass program on November 11, 2016